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National Issues, Local Impact

How Indie Lens Pop-Up, filmmakers, and PBS stations gather communities.

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Using Data to Measure Impact

How do you know if documentary film makes a difference in the world?

Connected thousands of emerging and seasoned racial justice leaders through screenings of The Black Panthers in 90 cities.

Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, this neighborhood series brings people together for film screenings and locally-driven conversations. Online and in over 90 cities across the U.S.

Connecting you to new and targeted communities, this digital platform lets you screen your film and lead a conversation, engage with panelists, and answer poll questions from any desktop or mobile device. Over 50,000 attendees and counting.

Partnering with organizations in eight countries, this global campaign uses storytelling to create social change—from increasing girls’ access to education to reducing child marriage and gender-based violence.

For Educators

Get free access to innovative, standards-aligned digital resources and streaming content based on our award-winning documentaries.

From our blog

  1. Diverse Stories Resonate with Debbie Lum

    August 30, 2019

    Debbie Lum, DDF-funded for her film My Tiger Mom, and also an ITVS alum for Try Harder! and Seeking Asian Female, talks about what it meant to be funded in name of diversity.

  2. When Filmmaker and Subject Are Father and Son: Tadashi and Robert Nakamura in Their "Third Act"

    August 26, 2019

    Documentary filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura opens up about making a film about--and with--his father, longtime documentary maker and teacher Robert Nakamura.

  3. For Royal Rodgers, Perseverance Is Key

    August 26, 2019

    We spoke with Royal Rodgers, whose project Hollywood’s Architect was among the very first films to receive ITVS development funding in 2004, and is due at last to air on PBS in 2020.